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Gerry McCarthy vs Keegan O'Mahoney
Munster lge tt (2016), Cork IRL, rd 4, Oct-23
Zukertort Opening: Lisitsyn Gambit Deferred (A04)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: This looks like a very unequal massacre, but that is misleading. For one thing, the Black player's rating is almost exactly equal to mine. For another, I went slightly wrong around move 13-14 and almost let him equalize.

The key factor is prep. I knew this line well, having played both the Lisitsyn Gambit (1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 ...) and the Neo-Lisitsyn (1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 ...) many times. The variation seen here can arise from either line, and is dubious for Black.

Not just that - I'd played about 20 rapid games in this variation, with a friend. I lost some early games, where after 7.Nxh7 I went on to play Nxf8 and 0-0. Despite grabbing the pawn and exchanging off the f8 Bishop, this is not a good plan. Black can get an attack against the white King.

Better, as here, is to return the knight from h7 to g5, and prepare 0-0-0. Even then, however, White can go wrong, as I did with 14.h4.

After Black missed his best continuation, White was on top again. This whole variation is very dangerous for black.

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  TheFocus: Couldn't find time to Castle, huh?

Nice by the way.

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  Domdaniel: <Focus> Thanks. The black player is better than he seems from this.

And white may well be worse.

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